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2010-03-11 15:10:00

Pregnant women who have had a cesarean section before most likely end up having one again, according to one in three hospitals that say a repeat cesarean is the only option. Experts say that 9 out of 10 women end up getting a cesarean if they've had one before, a fact that worried those in attendance at a national conference this week on vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. There is no agreement about how often VBAC should be attempted, but experts agree that the current rate of cesarean...

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2010-02-18 09:40:00

The rate of stillbirths in rural areas of six developing countries fell more than 30 percent following a basic training program in newborn care for birth attendants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study tracked more than 120,000 births. The study tested the efficacy of a three-day Essential Newborn Care training regimen that covers basic newborn care techniques, the importance of early breastfeeding, how to keep...

2009-12-02 11:05:41

Personal view: Encounters with a doula: is the system failing new mothers? The presence of doulas (paid birth assistants) during labor may alter the doctor-patient dynamic and can compromise communication and therefore patient care, warns a doctor on bmj.com today. Furthermore, the need for doulas implies a failing of medical and midwifery services and also the support provided by family and friends, says Dr Abhijoy Chakladar who was working at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex when he first...

2009-11-06 13:46:30

University of Nevada, Reno researcher collaborates with local health community to look for answers to elevated incidence rate Results of an investigation conducted by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, public health officials and area physicians published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicate that Washoe County experienced a cluster of a particular birth defect, gastroschisis, during the period April 2007 "“ April 2008. Subsequent review of...

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2009-10-06 15:30:00

More than 2 million babies and their mothers die each year during childbirth, but the addition of better health care could save an estimated 600,000 lives annually, according to a study released Tuesday. Writing in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, researchers estimated that 230 babies die every hour from childbirth complications, many of which could be easily avoided with proper health care provisions. Researchers estimate that more than 1 million babies are stillborn,...

2009-09-03 12:06:22

The joys of motherhood for many women can also lead other new moms to experience postpartum depression and even worse "“ ideas for committing suicide. For these women contemplating taking their own lives, the mother-infant relationship and development was a negative experience, with greater mood disturbances, cognitive distortions, low maternal self-esteem, negative perceptions of their effectiveness as a new parent and noticeably less responsiveness to their infants' cues. Those are...

2009-07-17 16:34:23

More than half of new moms suffer postpartum ailments such as incontinence, a U.S. doctor says. Dr. Dee Fenner, director of the University of Michigan Health System's Healthy Healing After Delivery Program in Ann Arbor, says all too often new mothers are unclear about what is normal or abnormal, when to worry and when to just wait for healing to occur. Easily over half of women who have vaginal birth, at least their first birth, will have some problem in terms of bowel, bladder or sexual...

2009-05-26 06:00:00

- Discovery Health's Seventh Annual Programming Event Presents Baby Programming Nightly at 8 PM (ET/PT) from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19 - SILVER SPRING, Md., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The stork drops by Discovery Health the third week of June to deliver the network's seventh annual BABY WEEK! From dangerous pregnancies, to surprise deliveries, to expectant mothers big and small -- this year's programming slate will captivate audiences with powerful, real-life stories sure to...

2009-05-23 12:28:13

A Belfast woman who had not undergone fertility treatments was in stable condition after giving birth to six babies, her doctors in Northern Ireland said. A team of 30 doctors and nurses delivered the babies Friday via Caesarean section within five minutes, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. We have planned very carefully for today and today went as well as we had hoped it would, said neonatal consultant Clifford Mayes, who oversaw the team. The four girls and two boys, born 14 weeks...

2009-05-17 10:29:30

Unnecessary Caesarean sections are increasing U.S. healthcare costs and the risks to mothers and newborns, health reform advocates said. A Caesarean section, once reserved for emergency birth, is the most common operation performed in the United States, accounting for 31 percent of all births, up from 4.5 percent in 1965. The United States has set a new record for Caesarean sections every year for more than a decade, despite a standing government goal to reduce such births, the Los Angeles...


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